Position Announcement: Research Historian

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 2:14 PM | Deleted user

Position Announcement: Research Historian

Historical Research Associates, Inc. (HRA), a company of historical, cultural resource management, and architectural history consultants, seeks a full-time, contract research historian in either its Eugene, Portland, Seattle or Olympia offices. A primary focus of this position will be assisting in the development of interpretive projects, including, but not limited to, interpretive plans, exhibitions (permanent, temporary, traveling, and digital), and creative mitigation.

Additionally, the successful candidate will conduct research in records around the country pertaining to such subjects as the history of federal agencies, environmental history, natural resource management, land use, science and technology, and tribal history. Employment will begin no later than July 1, 2019. The contract will extend for up to one year, with the potential for renewal or termination of the arrangement at HRA’s discretion. Benefits include paid vacation, personal, and sick leave, health insurance, optional vision and dental insurance, and life and disability insurance. Competitive salary based on experience. A master's degree in public history, history, museum studies, or closely related field is required.

Experience in the following areas is preferred: interpretive planning, exhibition development, and archival research. Applicants must demonstrate excellence and experience in historical research and writing, particularly interpretive writing, and have the interpersonal skills to work well in a team environment. The job may also require travel (up to one week at a time, two to three times per quarter); research in records repositories around the country; and interaction with clients, attorneys, and government officials. Applicants must be able to pass a federal government security clearance, which is required for some of the facilities in which we do research. Applicants must also be able to lift boxes weighing up to 50 lbs.

Please submit a cover letter providing concrete examples of the skills and experience listed above, a résumé, contact information for three references (phone, e-mail, and mailing address), and two to three writing samples that demonstrate your ability to write engaging and effective interpretive content to Human Resources at HR@hrassoc.com . Please indicate in your application materials that you are applying for the Interpretive Specialist position. No phone calls, please.


Western History Association

UNO History Department

6001 Dodge Street

Omaha, NE 68182   (402) 554-5999


The WHA is hosted on the campus of the University of Nebraska at Omaha and benefits from the generous support of the College of Arts and Sciences and UNO Department of History. The Western History Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.